Published on January 16, 2014 um 16:11
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Summary of your enterprise
Roseicollis Technologies is a social enterprise designed to implement unique technologies in developing and emerging markets. The organizations primary technology is the SunSaluter, a cost-effective solar panel rotator that increases the efficiency of solar panels to bring alternative energy and electricity to developing countries. The SunSaluter aims to increase energy and clean drinking water accessibility to off-grid communities, and thus mitigate the environmental and health implications from traditional energy and water sources. Furthermore, the SunSaluter helps to eliminate the need for villagers to travel to areas with grid electricity, thus reducing fuel consumption and increasing quality of life. By creating designs that are intuitive and locally sourceable, the SunSaluter empowers the local community through education and sustainable design.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In August 2010, Roseiocollis Technologies provided electricity, for the first time, installed solar-charging stations in to two villages in Kenya to help improve the lives of more than 1,000 residents by providing them with electricity for the first time. The villages can now safely collect firewood, charge cell phones and power radios to remain updated on current events. The SunSaluter supports impoverished communities in meeting their needs for both electricity and clean water. Using the weight displacement of water passing through a filter, the SunSaluter rotates solar panels throughout the day, to optimize energy collection by up to 40%. Now, a family that struggled with limited electricity and insufficient clean water has both. The SunSaluter won the Westly Prize, the Mashable-UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge, second prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, and the grand prize at the Staples-Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Sustainability and future plans
Roseicollis Technologies aim to install the SunSaluter in additional countries, including Tanzania, Uganda and Western China.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
EDEN FULL, FOUNDER, 19 years old Eden is an aspiring product designer interested in human-centred appropriate technology, having tinkered with solar technologies since age ten. As the inventor of the SunSaluter, she is a junior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowships inaugural class. Proudly Canadian, Edens other passion is rowing, where she was the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior womens development team at the Henley Royal and Holland Beker Regattas. To give back for all of the support she has received over the years, Eden tells her story with the SunSaluter in schools and youth programs everywhere from West Philadelphia to rural Indonesia.